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Grantís aunt who raised him from a baby after his parents left Louisiana for California. She makes sure Grant follows through on his visits to Jefferson.
Jeffersonís Godmother. After Jefferson is convicted of murder, her purpose in life is to make sure he walks to the electric chair like a man.
The preacher at the plantation church. He labors both to bring Jefferson religion and help Grant understand himself and his people.
Grantís sweetheart is a divorced mulatto woman who also teaches school. She constantly tries to convince Grant that his efforts are making a difference.
Grantís pessimist former schoolteacher. A mulatto man, Mr. Antoine tells Grant all his efforts as a teacher will make no difference in the end.
The white plantation owner. All the blacks in the quarter worked on his plantation. Before they retired, Miss Emma and Tante Lou both worked in his kitchen for decades.
Pichotís brother-in-law is the man responsible for overseeing Jeffersonís execution.
A Deputy Sheriff who tries to befriend Grant during his visits to see Jefferson. He is the only non-racist white person in the novel.
The school superintendent who visits the school to inspect the students and facility. He reminds Grant of a slave buyer at an auction.
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